13 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
2
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
4
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Paihia is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 6.2 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and then browse the exhibits of L'Arte. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thentake an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Paihia to Taupo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Shopping Golf

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, thensteep yourself in history at Te Porere Redoubt, thenget to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alain Despert and Bora Art Upstairs. Visiting Matira Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora and get impressive views of Mount Otemanu.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tongariro National Park to Bora Bora. The time zone difference when traveling from Tongariro National Park to Bora Bora is minus 22 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Scuba & Snorkeling

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